The Women's Technology Program in Mechanical Engineering is a four-week residential summer program in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering which introduces high school females to the basic principles and ideas of mechanical engineering in the summer after 11th grade. It was created in the summer of 2006 to join its sister curriculum track, WTP-EECS, the original WTP program created in 2002. This summer, we will be celebrating 10 years of WTP-ME and look forward to our reunion on campus!
Classes are taught by female graduate students (or recent graduate) in the Mechanical Engineering department, and provide an in-depth study of many of the subject areas used by mechanical engineers, such as fluid mechanics, materials, statics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and engineering design. Hands-on work is combined with analytical calculations and the use of computer codes for numerical modeling and computer aided design.
WTP alumnae affirm the lasting impact of WTP on their current college pursuits and on their plans for the future. Before attending WTP many would not have:
- Applied to an engineering college
- Considered applying to MIT
- Majored in engineering or computer science
20 participants are selected each year from a nationwide applicant pool of young women who have demonstrated outstanding academic talent in math and science. Since it's founding, nearly 200 young women have gone through WTP-ME. Of those:
- Almost 70% have declared a major in engineering
- Almost 60% of these decided to major in Mechanical Engineering
- 25 - 50% each year are admitted to MIT the following year, and 25% have or will attend MIT
What's Next for WTP-ME? Your support will:
- Provide raw materials for group projects throughout the four-week program
- Allow current MIT students to be able to work with the next generation of women engineers.
- Connect our students with industry and female leaders in their fields
- Strengthen and build on our curriculum and help us continually improve our academic and social experience for our students!
Thank you for your important support for our budding female engineers!